Man arrested after brutal murder of riding school instructor is being held under mental health law

A murder suspect arrested after a 71-year-old woman was stabbed to death in a quiet Welsh village has been held under mental health law.

Police marched the man, 55, down the street in his underwear only after the tragic death of Wendy Buckney-Morgan, 71, on Tuesday.

Ms Buckney-Morgan was found in a pool of blood after complaining about loud music coming from a neighbour’s house – as members of the community lashed out at the tragedy.

Neighbors say police were called to report anti-social behavior in Clydach, near Swansea, but failed to act.

South Wales Police previously said the 55-year-old was suspected of murder. The force revealed on Friday that he had been transferred to the care of the health services and was still on police bail while the police investigation continues.

Wendy Buckney-Morgan was found in a pool of blood by police around 8.20am on Tuesday in Clydach, near Swansea. A 55-year-old man has been arrested in his murder

A murder suspect arrested after a 71-year-old woman was stabbed to death in a quiet Welsh village has been held under mental health law. Police marched the man, 55, down the street in his boxers after the tragic death of Wendy Buckney-Morgan, 71, on Tuesday

“We are dealing with a very sad and tragic incident,” Detective Chief Inspector Matt Davies said Friday.

“The family continues to be supported by dedicated family liaisons and I urge people to refrain from speculating on social media at this very difficult time for all concerned.”

The Buckney family paid tribute after his death, saying they were heartbroken by their sudden and tragic loss.

“As a family, we are devastated that our beloved sister, aunt and friend has been taken so tragically,” the family said in a statement.

“Our family is broken and will be missed forever. Please respect our privacy and our wishes to grieve in private at this devastating time.

South Wales Police previously said the 55-year-old was suspected of murder.  The force revealed on Friday that he had been transferred to the care of the health services and was still on police bail while the police investigation continues.

South Wales Police previously said the 55-year-old was suspected of murder. The force revealed on Friday that he had been transferred to the care of the health services and was still on police bail while the police investigation continues.

Neighbors say police were called to report anti-social behavior in Clydach, near Swansea, but failed to act

Neighbors say police were called to report anti-social behavior in Clydach, near Swansea, but failed to act

Ms Buckney-Morgan was found in a pool of blood by police around 8.20am on Tuesday at a property in Tanycoed Road, Clydach, Swansea.

Paramedics attempted to revive Ms Buckney-Morgan, who founded a popular riding school, but she could not be saved.

His death stunned the village of Clydach, near Swansea, with neighbors visibly upset by the tragedy.

A former student of the horse lover paid tribute to him on Friday.

Ryan Farr, 24, told Wales News: ‘Police came three times but said there was nothing they could do.

A shocked villager, speaking after the tragedy on Tuesday, said: ‘Wendy was a very popular member of the local community, she comes from a large family and is very well known.

Ms Buckney-Morgan founded Penyfedw Equestrian Center with stables about three miles from her home and still kept horses. She also owned cats and dogs.

Police marched the 55-year-old man down the street in his boxers

Ms Buckney-Morgan was found in a pool of blood by police around 8.20am on Tuesday at a property in Tanycoed Road, Clydach, Swansea.  Paramedics tried to revive Ms Buckney-Morgan, who founded a popular riding school, but she could not be saved

Ms Buckney-Morgan was found in a pool of blood by police around 8.20am on Tuesday at a property in Tanycoed Road, Clydach, Swansea. Paramedics tried to revive Ms Buckney-Morgan, who founded a popular riding school, but she could not be saved

Police cordoned off the area on Tuesday while medical examiners examined the crime scene for evidence

Police cordoned off the area on Tuesday while medical examiners examined the crime scene for evidence

Tory Councilor Brigitte Rowlands said: ‘Everyone is really saddened by what happened. It’s an awful feeling that this can happen in such a nice village.

“We will have to wait and see what the investigation brings.”

Another neighbor said: ‘She always seemed like a lovely lady and we can’t believe that happened here. It’s so shocking.

It’s the second murder to shock the village – with the other less than a mile away.

Three generations of a family – Mandy Power, 34, her daughters Katie, 10, and Emily, eight, and her mother Doris Dawson, 80 – were brutally killed in their own home in 1999. Their killer David Morris died in prison last year.

Village councilor Matthew Bailey said: ‘This is yet another terrible and tragic situation that has rocked our village.

A murder investigation has been opened after a 71-year-old woman was found dead at a property in Clydach, Wales on Tuesday morning.

A murder investigation has been opened after a 71-year-old woman was found dead at a property in Clydach, Wales on Tuesday morning.

South Wales Police say a 55-year-old man is suspected of murder

South Wales Police say a 55-year-old man is suspected of murder

Residents left flowers at the scene where Wendy Buckney-Morgan, 71, was found dead on Tuesday

Residents left flowers at the scene where Wendy Buckney-Morgan, 71, was found dead on Tuesday

“Our sincere condolences go out to the family of the victim and I am sure the community will give them all the support they can in the weeks and months to come.

“As things become clearer, I’m sure there will be questions to ask and answer, and to see if this situation could have been avoided in any way.

“It’s good to see South Wales Police make a quick arrest, although these horrific situations happen all too often.”

Acting Detective Superintendent Mark Lewis said on Tuesday: “Obviously this incident is going to shock the close-knit community of Clydach.

“I want to assure the community that an early arrest has been made and that we are not looking for anyone else in connection with this incident.

“There will always be an active police presence in the area as we progress with our investigations and seek to reassure the community.”

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